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Beach reads for 2005

Terri Schlichenmeyer

Summer’s coming, but I guess I didn’t have to tell you that, did I?Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and you’re probably looking forward to a little time away from work. No matter where you’re going on your vacation or not going if you’re vacationing at home it’s always nice to have a little diversion ready for those “down times” on the beach, waiting for the kids to get off the rides, or kicking back with a cool one on the deck. Even if your vacation is over, it’s still nice to have a good book waiting for you at home, or to take along on sunny summer weekends. Here are some books that are currently scheduled for release this summer:May: There are so many good books being released in May, you could go to the bookstore twice a week and still see new things to read. Look for “4th of July” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Isabel Allende’s new book “Zorro” comes out in May, as does “The Italian Secretary” by Caleb Carr, “The Hot Kid” by Elmore Leonard, “Genevieve” by Eric Jerome Dickey, and “Broken Prey” by John Sanford. If you want something a little more serious, try Goldie Hawn’s new bio, “A Lotus Grows in the Mud”, or “1776” by David McCullough. Oh, and one of my favorite authors in the world has a new book out look for “Haunted” by Chuck Palahniuk this May.June: If you were excited about May, then wait until you hear what’s coming in June. Mystery writer Robert Parker has a new book out, but this one’s a western; look for “Appaloosa” in June. If you’re still hankering for a thriller / mystery, though, there are lots of books for you: “Devil’s Corner” by Lisa Scottoline comes out in June, as well as “Eleven on Top” by everybody’s favorite, Janet Evanovich; and “The Twelfth Card” by Jeffrey Deaver. Sink into the sand with new books by Umberto Eco, Amanda Quick, Sara Paretsky, and Johanna Lindsey.July: There aren’t a whole lot of new books in July, and I think that might be because few are brave enough to compete with J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which comes out July 16. Also in July, look for “Boss Lady” by Omar Tyree; “Chill of Fear” by Kay Hooper; and “Polar Shift” by Clive Cussler.August: Vacation’s not over yet! There are still lots of good books available for those last-minute getaways. Look for “Star Struck” by Pamela Anderson (yes THAT Pamela Anderson); a new J.A. Jance book, a new Nora-Roberts-writing-as-J.D.-Robb book, and a new book by Snoop Dogg, “Dogg Dayz.”And there you have it. You can now plan what goes in your suitcase, while you’re planning your itinerary. Don’t forget extra sunscreen, extra change for vending machines, and extra bookmarks. Enjoy! VT


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